Pictures have been released of David Morrissey, Reece Shearsmith and cast in rehearsals for Hangmen, which opens at the Royal Court next week.

Directed by Matthew Dunster, the play centres on the "second-best hangman in England" in the wake of the 1964 outlawing of capital punishment.

Morrissey will play the hangman, and Shearsmith his assistant.

The 12-strong cast will also include Johnny Flynn, Sally Rogers, Josef Davies, James Dryden, Graeme Hawley, Ralph Ineson, Bronwyn James, Ryan Pope and Simon Rouse.

Hangmen runs at the Royal Court from 18 September to 10 October.